Ultrasound in the surgical intensive care unit

Dan A. Galvan, Kazuhide Matsushima, Heidi L. Frankel

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Abstract

Ultrasonography in the intensive care unit (ICU) has become a valuable tool for expeditiously, safely and effectively diagnosing and treating a myriad of conditions commonly encountered in this setting. Most surgeons are familiar with FAST (focused assessment with sonography in trauma) and can readily grasp the fundamentals of a limited or directed ultrasonographic exam. Thus, with appropriate training and practice, surgeons can utilize this tool in visualizing, characterizing and treating life-threatening conditions in their role as intensivists in the surgical ICU (SICU). In this review we will discuss the role of ultrasonography in evaluating the acute cardiac status of a patient in the SICU as well as its use in general critical care for assessing the thoracic, abdominal and vascular systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)566-567
Number of pages2
JournalIsrael Medical Association Journal
Volume13
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)

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